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Expandable Batons for Self Defense: USELESS
Expandable batons are a popular self defense tool among security guards and self defense gurus. But are self defense batons a miracle tool for non-lethal defense or they an overhyped billy-club that gets trumped by a gun but overkill for non-lethal scenarios? Are expandable batons still...
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What is Boxing? From fisticuffs to Floyd Mayweather, there is no denying that boxing has deep roots in martial arts culture.  Seen in both “gentleman’s duels” and working class bare-knuckle pub fights, boxing is the classic art of fighting with...
Years ago, before I trained in BJJ, I was an avid UFC fan. I used to religiously watch "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show in it's first few seasons. In one episode Tito Ortiz was coaching a fighter during a match. He kept screaming "UNDERHOOKS!!" again and again. It was pretty...
Jiu-Jitsu started as a small man's game. If you've been training for more than a day, you've probably had about a dozen people tell you jiu-jitsu was made by smaller people, for smaller people. If you happen to be smaller yourself, you might feel some pressure. You're expected to be...
How The Triangle Choke Demonstrates Two Very Important Jiujitsu Principles Are you familiar with EBI yet? If not, you should check it out if you're into nogi jiujitsu. In fact, it's so good, that I subscribed to the UFC fight pass to watch it. But... The primary reason for subscribing isn't because...
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If you had to name the number one thing that separates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from other grappling arts, the depth of the basic BJJ guard positions should make the top of your list.  Many of the top submissions and positions in grappling are not unique to BJJ.  However, the ability...
Winning Is a Top-Down Affair JiuJitsu is a groundwork game—that’s more than obvious. What may not be as obvious is the difference between a top and bottom strategy. Much of Jiu Jitsu (these days) seems to be focused on being on the bottom. I think it's just lazy rolling habits in...
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For more of us who do BJJ, side control submissions are a pain in the ass.  Whether you are in gi or no gi side control, the submission options are actually somewhat limited. Particularly in no gi, submitting from these positions will require detailed knowledge of a few good submissions. ...
Leg Locks - Enter the System by John Danaher If you talked to the one hundred most knowledgeable grapplers in the world and asked them, “Who would you most like to learn grappling from?” ninety-eight, ninety-nine, or maybe even all one hundred of them would give you the same answer:...
Here's a fun guard that goes by a few different names. Sitting half guard, sitting guard, or the sit up guard. It's a guard that relies on hugging a standing opponent's leg. This guard is strong for off balancing an opponent for a sweep. It's a classic "your whole body...